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We are pleased to announce that GoMassive Incubator has signed an MoU with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) to promote innovative technology startups in focus sectors of clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean food, plastic alternatives and sustainable built environments.
The MoU enables startups that are backed by GoMassive Incubator access to a vast network of Advanced Research Labs setup by NRDC as well as provisions for technology transfer and licensing of patents. In addition, NRDC would also assist startups incubated at GoMassive get regulatory clearances from relevant authorities as well as access to international markets in those geographies where NRDC has significant presence.
About NRDC: NRDC is an Enterprise of Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, a company established by the Government of India with the objectives, inter-alia of promotion, development, licensing and commercial exploitation of indigenous technology, know-how and inventions, including the technical and engineering know-how generated by various publicly funded R&D laboratories, universities and institutions in the country. Since its inception, it has transferred to industry and successfully commercialised a large number of technologies both at home and abroad. NRDC successfully exported technologies and services to both developed as well as developing countries like USA, Kenya,Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Senegal, Indonesia, Madagascar, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Bangladesh etc. Particularly in African countries NRDC is recognized as a source of reliable appropriate technologies which are suitable to these countries.
An interesting session at Massive Earth Summit 2018, was when the hall discussed the root cause of choked Indian cities. The speakers were Helena Molin Valdes, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition, UNEP, Lesley Onyon, WHO Regional Head, Southeast Asia and Mr J.S.Komyutra, ex-Director, Central Pollution Control Board, India.
The Session helped delegates understanding pollution, the truth and the myths.
India has 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 concentrations. Several organizations that monitor air quality have expressed doubts on this report. What is the truth? And what is actually the reason behind Indian Capital city’s Air Pollution? Is it Paddy burning? Vehicular emissions? Or Dust?
Air quality Indexes all over the world have varying parameters, is it time to develop uniform Index?
Finally, do we really understand the problem? And how to solve it?
The Plenary Session of Massive Earth Summit opened with a big question. Can Capital and Deep-Science align to save the world?
And to discuss a question of such high importance, the Summit had on stage India’s leading scientist, Professor K. VijayRaghvan, who is the Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India and Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm and UN Environment Patron for Clean Air. The Session was chaired by Shailesh Vickram Singh.
The Session dwelt upon the core issue that minimal capital has been directed towards problems that affect maximum population. The irony of our times is that best of brains and money is solving how to increase the click-through rate of digital ads while 9 out of 10 people on earth breathe polluted air.
Why has technology not been able to keep pace with the rising pollution levels? How can the incentive systems be aligned to ensure that the problems related to clean air, food, water, and energy are solved? What is preventing breakthrough innovation to provide clean and affordable power?
What are the ways in which Government is thinking to promote deep-science in these sectors? What are the plans in terms of budget and targets?
The challenges that humanity faces are unprecedented and requires immense work in a way that is sustainable, how can this be made possible?
These and many other questions were explored during the Session. Stay tuned for a video update on this.
Massive Earth Summit 2018, opened with the who’s who of Indian policy, science and industry. But the high moment of the Summit was when Shailesh Vickram Singh and Vijay Shekhar Sharma announced the launch of a $150 Million fund to back startups solving large problems of the Earth.